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New Zealand Certificate in Digital Media and Design (Level 3)

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Level of Study



17 weeks

Next start date

Expected June 2022


Southern Institute of Technology


The New Zealand Certificate in Digital Media and Design (Level 3) aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge required for employment or further training.

The theoretical and practical skills taught in this qualification reflect the diverse range of skills required to work in the sector. Students will explore a variety of techniques and approaches to animation, gaming and film-making through a variety of projects.

The programme aims to develop a character and associated environment to support a game concept, film concept through a narrative or experimental framework, basic 3D and spatial concepts through the principles of sculpture in actual and digital environments, basic concepts through the principles of painting, and basic concepts through the principles of photography.

Course Content

  • NZCDMD101 Animation
  • NZCDMD102 Gaming
  • NZCDMD103 Film
  • NZCDMD104 Sculpture
  • NZCDMD105 Painting
  • NZCDMD106 Photography


  • AS91445 Use drawing to demonstrate understanding of conventions appropriate to design
  • AS91630 Resolve a product design through graphics practice
  • AS91634 Demonstrate understanding of complex concepts of digital media
  • AS91635 Implement complex procedures to produce a specified digital media outcome
  • AS91628 Develop a visual presentation that exhibits a design outcome to an audience
  • AS91460 Produce a resolved work that demonstrates purposeful control of skills appropriate to a visual arts cultural context
  • AS91440 Analyse methods and ideas from established design practice

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Describe a design process in a digital media context
  • Recognise problems in a digital media and design context
  • Follow directions and apply introductory skills to a specific digital media and design context/problem
  • Collaborate with peers, and reflect on and evaluate own work
  • Identify the importance of being a responsible digital citizen and potential career pathways within digital media and design.

Satisfactory Completion

To satisfactorily complete the New Zealand Certificate in Digital Media and Design (Level 3) and be awarded this qualification the student must successfully achieve:

  • A minimum of 60 credits in accordance with the programme schedule for the New Zealand Certificate in Digital Media and Design (Level 3)
  • The student will normally be expected to complete the New Zealand Certificate in Digital Media and Design full-time over one semester or part-time over one year.

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